To  our valued community,

Let’s get right to the point: today, we’re asking for your help. Please join our team of investors by participating in our Wefunder crowdfunding campaign (minimum investment: $100, approximately €85). The funds raised ( $140K+ to date, a heartfelt thank you to the 300+ participants!) will help misterb&b pass  this very difficult period, and vigorously bounce back as soon as travel resumes.

The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis hit us right when our growth was exceeding 20% per month, thanks to the addition of a large catalogue of LGBTQ-friendly hotels on our platform last December. Travel restrictions abruptly halted this growth, preventing us from reaching the break-even point and becoming profitable for the first time. For seven months now, misterb&b has been in hibernation mode with dramatic cost reductions, a hiring freeze, temporary unemployment, pay cuts, and the aid  of governmental and private relief funds.

Despite these efforts, and the partial return of our activity between June and September, we must admit that the months ahead are going to be extremely difficult. In our hearts, we do not believe that travel will resume for real before the summer of 2021. That’s nine  more months to go!

We hate to interrupt your day with this message, as we can imagine you have other things to read or do. But there you have it. If every person who opened this email, and could  afford it, joined our team of investors on WeFunder (minimum investment is $100, around €85), misterb&b could continue to thrive for years to come, and offer the entire LGBTQ travel community the opportunity to experience  a more welcoming world.

When we created misterb&b, many told us that it would never work, claiming  the “market” was too small. Yet, six years on misterb&b has grown to become the world’s largest LGBTQ-friendly accommodation booking site. Our teams (around twenty people currently) work tirelessly on a daily basis to offer you the best possible experience. By becoming an investor, you will show them how much their work means to you.

We imagine that most recipients will ignore this message. We just hope you take a minute to  think about the importance of a platform like ours in your life as an LGBTQ traveler. Imagine the next time you search for a LGBTQ-friendly stay, you realize that misterb&b no longer exists? This is not what we want, and we can imagine it’s not what you want either. We thank you all for your time and attention.

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Visit the Concrete Jungle of Gay Brazil
May 03 2019
by Robert

Visit the Concrete Jungle of Gay Brazil

Bom dia Lucas, bom dia Brazil! Lucas, our host from São Paulo is thrilled to talk to you about his city and his wonderful experiences with misterb&b. The Brazilians are known for hospitality, but Lucas takes things to another level. After hearing his stories of new friendships and happy encounters, we are practically packing our bags for SP! He shares his tips on hosting in this booming city. Sao Paulo is truly a world class city and a fabulous LGBTQ destination. Explore São Paulo. Experience your pride.


What does hosting for the gay community mean to you and why did you become a host?

I love meeting new people, from Brazil and from all around the world. When I meet someone new, I also discover different things and learn more about their places and histories. It's a way to discover the world without leaving my own home. As a gay man, I know it is better to stay in a place where you can feel at home without any kind of concerns. I also consider the gay community a nation, with incredible people spread all over the world. All of my brothers and sisters are welcome to Brazil, to São Paulo and to my home.


© IG/visit_sao_paulo 


What is your level of interaction like with your guests: do you hang out with them, do you show them around?

As I said, I love meeting new people, so I always want to know more about my guests. I also know that they want some tips and incentives to go out, which is why I also invite them out to join me wherever I go. I want them to live a local experience because that's what I would love to do if I was traveling.


Tell us about some interesting people you have met through misterb&b

I met a teacher from Uruguay, a country recognized for its good social politics, and it was so nice to learn more about this special country from them. I was curious. I hosted a guy from the Netherlands who lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and we became friends in the end. There was also Andrew from Chicago, who was so cute, kind and nice, and I was very happy to have met him. 

© IG/visit_sao_paulo  


In your opinion what attracts guests to your city?

São Paulo is one of the biggest cities in the world, and one of the gayest cities on the planet. There is a lot to do here and there are options for all tastes. The city breathes nightlife and you can party like there is no tomorrow.


What is your best memory of a guest?

Nicholas is my best memory of a guest. I don't know if its funny, but what I can say is that I started as a host, I invited him to go out and enjoy the city with me, and then I realized we had become good friends.

© IG/visit_sao_paulo 


Do you feel more involved with the LGBTQ community since you started hosting?

I have always been really involved with the LGBTQ community. But for sure I feel that I have a role as a gay guy who embraces the diversity when I receive gay people from all over the world and with different stories. I see myself as an integrator person who loves to introduce my friends to my new friends and my guests. I also encourage people to always be themselves in my social circle, and this extends to my guests. We, gay people, need to be together and become a stronger community.


What's the nicest thing a guest has ever done for you? Do they ever bring gifts?

When I welcomed Andrew as a guest, he asked me if I wanted something from Chicago. After denying two times, he insisted and asked me again, so I decided to ask for a vinyl from Kylie Minogue (because I love LP and Kylie, and also because it is much cheaper in the USA) but I wanted to pay for it. But he gave it to me, despite my insistance on paying him. He also gave me a lot of other cute local souvenirs from Chicago, which included some delicious popcorn. I want to go to Chicago and reward him with cute gifts too.



Do you keep in touch with your guests or have any of them ever come back to stay with you again?

I keep in touch with them. I added some of them on Instagram and WhatsApp. I hope to host at least one of them again :)


How has hosting impacted your life?

It has made me a more spontaneous and free person. I feel more confident and curious when I meet a new person. It has also improved my Spanish speaking. "Todos son bienvenidos en mi casa" :)


© IG/visit_sao_paulo 


Give us 3 reasons why would you recommend hosting on misterb&b

1 - As a gay person, you can feel more at home staying in another gay guy's place

2 - It is easy to find a good place and make a reservation

3 - It is safe and transparent, because you can see the reviews and know if the place is good or not


Why should a guest stay with you ?

My place is located in São Paulo's downtown, where there are many things to do for all tastes. I love meeting new people, and I would love to take you out to experience it with me if you want :)


© IG/griffiti_sp 


What makes a perfect host - or guest?

Someone who makes you feel at home without any complications. Someone who is open to meet you and know more about you and your interests. And finally someone who is excited to share their city and their local experiences with others.




Thinking of visiting São Paulo? Check out our Accommodations for this great gay city!  



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Where to stay in...

Heading to São Paulo? Check out Lucas's listing on misterb&b

This is an Instant Booking. The host agreed to automatically accept booking requests. Once your payment is processed, your booking is confirmed.
Private room • São Paulo
Rated Exceptional 4.95 (20 reviews)
Wi-Fi • Parking • Kitchen